Here’s my latest RD400 project. It’s a 1977 model, bought from an old friend who used to have a collection of RD’s. He left this one in a cycle shop to have some minor work done by his mechanic friend. The mechanic got fired and the bike sat for about six years. Finally, the shop said take the bike or it will be disposed.
My friend lost the title, which he had never transferred into his name. I bought the bike for a good price considering no title. After nearly a year I managed to get it titled.
There’s one motorcycle project I have ahead of this one (1973 H1 Kawasaki). So far I’ve picked up a rebuilt crank and Spec2 expansion chambers. The plan is to repaint the frame, rebuild the motor and fix up everything else that needs fixing up. The gas tank, top end, seat etc. are sitting around in boxes.
I owned the pictured 1978 RD400E and 1979 RD400F in the early 2000’s and sold them both to the same guy. The Daytona went first around 2004 and then I sold him the RD400E in 2005. I had blown both of the bikes’ motors. After rebuilding the motors and many hours of tinkering, I gave up on having a reliable RD400 for island cruising.
In 2012 I bought an RZ350 and loved it! Fast and reliable, making me want to tackle the RD400 motor again.
At present I own several 2-stroke motorcycles, including an RD400 basket case. I’ll try and post regularly to show the progress of the builds.